David Wade, “First Friday Sidewalk Follies
Please join us Thursday, February 6, 5:00 PM 7:00 PM for the opening reception of Portland 2020, an open juried photography show curated by Bruce Brown. The exhibition explores Portland today as Maine celebrates its bicentennial with photographs from over 50 different artists.
Though speaking of Chicago in 1883, Mark Twain could as easily have been describing contemporary Portland: “It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up … she outgrows his prophecies faster than he can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the [city] you saw when you passed through the last time.”
Portland 2020 is our attempt to capture our vibrant, evolving city at this moment in time. It is an open juried photography exhibition curated by Bruce Brown, featuring the work of 60 artists. Every photograph in the show was taken since 2017, and within the city limits. Portland, long noted for its rich and vital history, is developing a diverse and dynamic future and is thus the perfect subject to explore as we celebrate Maine’s bicentennial.